Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a coup injury?

2. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?

3. What did Baden recommend to the MIA team?

4. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

5. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

3. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.

4. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

5. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

6. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

7. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

8. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

9. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

10. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1 of the book, Baden discusses the concept of celebrity death, and the effect of a flawed autopsy on the perception of foul play surrounding the death. Do you think conspiracy theories are derived from the life of the celebrity, or the circumstances surrounding their death, or both? Why? What aspects of life or death help frame a conspiracy theory following death? Why do some celebrities suffer such beliefs after their death and some do not? Based on this, do you think forensic science can have an effect on these ideas? Why or why not? What does this say about forensic science?

Essay Topic 2

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the forensics used in the case of the prison riot at Attica to prove the guards accidentally shot the hostages. What techniques did Baden use to look at the bodies? What did he find? Why did people dislike his findings? How could he prove the findings? What mistakes did others, such as the funeral director, make that hindered the investigation? Did this serve to increase the tension? Why? Do you think the end result at Attica was beneficial? Why? What group did the riots help create? What does that group do? How did that help the prisoners in the long run?

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